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Quick Reaction: 9x03 I'm No Angel

Ok! The first actual regular Supernatural night since the season began - I didn't have to go anywhere or do anything that cut the evening short. I had wine.. It's late. I'm tipsy.. I walked home in the thick Vancouver fog...

So, let's see how much I remember...

We begin our story... I actually don't remember. I think with those priests, and angels looking for Castiel. And then with Castiel, who is applying toothpaste to his tongue and then swishing it around his mouth - and unsure if he'll ever get used to urinating. For the record, I don't think I'm used to urinating either.

Cas is homeless in Iowa and working and living at a shelter. He's going by the name Clarence.

Meanwhile, Sam and Dean are at the bunker. Sam is feeling great and going for his runs - and nagging Dean about eating poorly by not nagging him. And Dean is concerned about Cas, who they haven't heard from in days. Dean, apparently, believed that Cas would be able to get to Kansas faster than he's actually able too.

Ezekiel pops up in the conversation to add his two cents. Sam is fine, Dean should stop worrying - also, the angels are organizing. There's a faction looking for Castiel.

Oh, while all this is going on there's one of those TV evangelists that is telling his viewers to let angels in if they come knocking. Behind the scenes, and an angel named Bartholomew is telling him what to do. Bartholomew is your typical '80s villain - blond hair, blue-eyed. Seriously, he needs to be kicked in the balls by Molly Ringwald.

Also, whenever I hear the name Bartholomew, I immediately think of Space Balls and Barf ("short for Barfallonyou") and then I laugh like the 10 year-old I was when I originally saw Space Balls.

Anyway, Ezekiel goes away again and Sam just continues with what he's saying like nothing happened. I wonder when the day is going to come where Sam realizes he's experiencing minor blackouts....

Dean repeats the information that Ezekiel just gave him and then has to pretend like he's just making assumptions...and then it's off to find Cas, because Dean is now SUPER worried. It's kind of nice that they didn't leave it too long - basically just one episode for Dean to start realizing that Cas should have been there by now.

Cas meanwhile, finds the dead priests and realizing that angels must be close, so he takes off. He ends up camped under a bridge with some homeless people. (I've been to that location!) and sleeping in a bus. Dude, I've never been homeless, but I highly doubt that Cas could seriously get that sweet bus all to himself.

His reprieve doesn't last long though, as an angel tracks him down on the bus, slices his arm - discovering that he's human, which apparently the angels did not know (I'm not surprised) and then Cas kills him.

Cas then takes off again and ends up in a big city... he's hungry, but he's saving his money for a tattoo it seems. It must be a pretty cheap tattoo place, because I highly doubt Cas has THAT much money.

Anyway, back to Sam and Dean, who are trying to track down Cas... they work out how far he could have gotten and then look for evidence of freaky events in those circles. They find the killing in Colorado and the dead priests in Iowa... Dean fears they may already be too late, but they take off to investigate.

It's actually pretty cool to have Dean and Sam's MOTW-case be tracking Cas down...watching them be two steps behind him. It's a nice way to have a Cas-centric episode without leaving Dean and Sam out completely...also building up the suspense of how long it'll take them to catch up to him.

Because the Winchesters are not the only people looking for Cas. Bart contracts a freelancing Reaper to track him down once Cas gets the enochian tattoo that prevents the angels from zeroing in on him. I'm still unsure whether I like this addition to the Reaper mythology - I kind of liked Reapers being invisible to the non-dead and invincible... but Freelance Reapers are both visible and mortal by angel-blade, where they die a LOT like angels.

But Reaper dude start tracking Sam and Dean as they track Castiel. Sam and Dean eventually lead him to the homeless camp, where they find out that "Clarence" may have hitched a ride to Detroit. (Does Cas know where Kansas IS? Because I'm thinking he doesn't...)

Sam smiles at realizing that Cas is using a fake name - and not just any fake name, but the name that Meg gave him. Meanwhile, Dean apparently has never seen It's a Wonderful Life?!?!  Now, mortal visible Reapers I can take, but Dean not knowing a movie that plays on American TV EVERY SINGLE CHRISTMAS? I find that impossible to believe. I've actually never watched the whole movie myself, but even I know the basic story and who the hell Clarence is! (I only ever watched the beginning... it's the one that starts off with him falling through the ice and going deaf in one ear, right? Maybe I'm confused. Whatever, I still know that Clarence is the angel trying to earn his wings.)

Dean's at a loss for how to find Cas in Detroit (or on the road to Detroit) and he, not very subtly, tries to enact Plan B - which is to work with Ezekiel and not Sam. After an awkward moment with Sam, Ezekiel understands and comes forward... he can't track Cas, but he can track any reaper that is trying to track Cas.

Oh! I missed a whole part! - So Reaper dude was NOT subtle enough and the Winchesters cornered him in an alley to find out why he was tailing them. I liked the scene where they did that, because as soon as the Reaper turned into the alley and it was deserted, I couldn't help but think "don't go into that alley man, just walk away...." but he did not listen to my telepathy and he got himself killed. But he did warn them that even with him dead, Bartholomew would just hire another Reaper. He also let the cat out of the bag that Naomi was dead and who was in charge of the top faction of angels now.

Meanwhile, Cas is in Detroit (I'm guessing?... he's actually in Chinatown and the Downtown east-side, Vancouver...which, for the record, is a pretty realistic place for him to end up as a homeless person.)  He's scavenging in some dumpsters when a pretty girl finds him and gives him a sandwich. Awww, that's nice.

He's still there when she gets off of work at the end of the day, and she takes him home. This is where I started to think that she had to be some duplicitous supernatural being, because there is no possible way that any sane woman would take a homeless person home with them - I don't care how good looking and pathetic that homeless man looks. They would have to be completely insane.

Oh, dude, I forgot another part!! Before all that happens, Cas goes to a church and is super depressed. He overhears a woman praying to God to have the angels heal her husband, and he engages her in conversation - wondering what she would do if she found out that God had left and the angels didn't care. It was a fantastic conversation...both because you see the disappointment from Cas that angels aren't what people believe them to be, that they AREN'T good, and also because...,okay, I forget my second reason (I blame the wine)...maybe just because I find it fascinating that Cas can be an atheistic angel. The woman tries to argue with him and tell him that his truth doesn't negate her belief, because that's not how faith works...and that's where I kind of role my eyes as an atheist. (Sorry if that offends any of my religious readers), but um, yeah, I was born without the ability to believe in God, so you'll just have to practice that forgiveness when it comes to me. Still, who knows, maybe Cas DOES need to keep his faith in God, at least, if not the other angels. My friend wondered aloud about why the angels would be so horrible, when they have to know that God would be absolutely pissed about it when he got back - and I responded that it would definitely be an episode to look forward to! So, we'll see.

Anyway, back to crazy-woman-who-can't-possibly-be-a-rational-human-female-in-our-society... we'll call her April, because that's her name. April brings Cas back to her place and notices that his shirt is soaked in blood. She asks what happened to the other guy, "I stabbed him. He exploded." Oh Cas....

But April just bandages him up - and then gives him a massage - as all single ladies who live alone do with the homeless men they bring home, of course. Then she sleeps with him, because yeah...I guess that's something you do with random homeless men too.

Now, I kid, but I'm kind of glad that Cas' sex-with-a-lady-event wasn't as bad as I feared back during VanCon. I always imagine the worst case scenario when it comes to sex, and I was seriously afraid that Cas, being homeless, would end up getting raped.... but no, he consents, it seems, even if April is lying about who she is.

They have adorable pillow talk where they both basically ask if they did things correctly. Does no one remember that Cas has technically been married before? I guesss Emmanuel and Daphne had an asexual relationship - which is fine, there's nothing wrong with that. You don't have to wash the sheets as often.

In the morning though, Cas wakes to find his angel blade missing, because April is using it to slice grapefruit - LIKE A CREEPER. And sure enough, she's a Supernatural being hired to take him out. Cas is appalled that she felt the need to sleep with him first - so, I guess I wasn't TOO far off with my fears. But apparently Reapers also like getting it on from time to time? It reminds me of the Ifrit in American Gods. I loved loved loved that part of the book. Seriously, why couldn't they just make these "freelance Reapers" into Ifrits...they could still give them access to Heaven and Hell for some reason, I don't care - it's Supernatural, they twist myths anyway.

But in any case, April starts torturing Cas for information. Not believing that he was naively tricked by Metatron, and that he must have been Metatron's full partner. Cas makes the argument that that since his grace was the final ingredient in the spell that sealed heaven, that he might be needed (alive) in order to reopen heaven. OOOO....the plot thickens.

Then the Winchester's bust in the door and April stabs Cas! As much as I didn't want Cas to die, I was kind of happy to see this... I'm kind of sick of shows where the hero busts in the door and for some reason the villain DOESN'T just immediately kill the hostage. But April stabs Cas in the diaphragm/liver area and then throws the Winchesters into walls.

Dean stabs April, but it's too late for Cas, who is apparently dead. Here, my friends, the scientists, paused the show and explained that that wound wouldn't have actually killed him that fast. He should have still been alive and bleeding out...also there should have been more blood. Also, Dean shouldn't have removed the impaled object as that would have let Cas to bleed out faster. Then we started discussing anatomy (which I don't actually know that much about) and I discovered that I'm a freak, because when I drink cold water it feels like the water pools in my left shoulder - which apparently is not as common as I thought it was. Anyway, we then worked out that my pulmonary artery must run very close to my esophagus, and it's actually my deoxygenated blood that cools as it travels to my left lung.... and it was all very fascinating... and then we remembered that we were watching a show and it was a heartwrenching moment!

Cas is dead. Dean is devastated.

Ezekiel to the rescue! I like how at first Dean addresses Sam like he's still Sam, and then only realizes when Sam doesn't respond that it's Ezekiel. Ezekiel heals Cas, but it costs him a fair bit of his strength, and he staggers back and Sam takes over again.

Cas wakes up confused, knowing that he had been stabbed, and being surprised that he wasn't dead. Sam is also confused. Dean quickly tells them that he had made a deal with April - that if she healed Cas, he wouldn't kill her.

"You lied."
"Yes. I do that!"
- Or whatever the words were - but I loved these lines, because it's technically the only moment that Dean actually tells the truth. It also drives home the fact that one lie leads to another and sooner or later Dean, the worst Winchester at keeping secrets, is going to have so many lies upon lies that I'm pretty sure he won't be able to take it anymore.

With the damsel in distress rescued, they head back to the bunker. Cas is thankful to have burritos and good water pressure. (He obviously takes after Dean), and he drops the bombshell that he had sex - which makes Dean choke on his own burrito and then look kind of proud (or confused about what his response should be, if you're a destiel shipper). Cas, apparently doesn't know about safe sex though, because when asked if he used protection, Cas replied that he had his angel blade with him. Oh Cas.

Cas is confident that Dean and Sam will be good teachers for how to be human, because now that Cas has been human for a bit, he understand how much more impressive it is that Dean and Sam are the way they are.

However, the happily ever after can't last. As soon as Cas leaves the room, Ezekiel gives Dean an ultimatum. He's convinced that Cas will lead the angels straight to them - and he can't stay if that happens. So, either Cas goes, or Ezekiel does. If Ezekiel goes, Sam dies...and if Ezekiel goes WITH Sam, then Dean doesn't have Sam and he basically sold his brother to be used by an angel however the angel sees fit. So, therefore Dean has to tell Cas that he has to leave.

And man, Cas is DEVASTATED. He doesn't even say anything, but just that look on his face is horrible... I sincerely hope that Dean sends him away with credit cards and cash this time. Maybe gives him a cell phone. SOMETHING.

But really, I have to ask myself, why is Ezekiel so afraid of the other angels? He never did introduce himself to that angel in the parking garage... yet, Cas vouched for him. Maybe Ezekiel isn't actually Ezekiel and only another angel would be able to tell? Or Ezekiel IS Ezekiel and for some reason he's on the outs with all the other angels for reasons that Cas doesn't know about? I'm thoroughly confused.

In anycase, strike 1 against Zeke.

And that's that! I feel like I forgot a ton. I'm sorry.... let me know in comments if there are things you desperately want to discuss that I only glossed over or forgot completely!!

Next week looks cracktastic.

Comments

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raloria
Oct. 23rd, 2013 08:37 am (UTC)
Ok, I must be the weird one because I didn't think anything was wrong with April taking Cas home with her. I guess because I've seen this scenario played out in so many movies and TV shows that it feels normal to me. Woman finds hurt guy or suffering guy, has pity on him and takes him home. Nothing strange about that at all.

Sure, in real life? Maybe not, but in the cinematic world it's common. *shrugs*

I mean really...how is this any different than Dean having sex with that gal who turned out to be an Amazon last season? The rolls are just reversed and Dean was dressed better & cleaned up.

The only thing that bothered me about this ep was that ending. I think we should have been given more of the conversation of Dean telling Cas he had to leave. What reason would he give? Dean just saved his life why would he simply kick him out now?

I liked that bit about Cas surmising that he might be needed to undue the spell and return the angels to heaven. Maybe show is setting things up for later episodes? Hmmmm.
hells_half_acre
Oct. 23rd, 2013 09:12 am (UTC)
Maybe it's some sort of weird class-ism on my part, but I think there's a huge different between a one-night stand with a guy that you flirt with in a bar and taking home a weird homeless dude you found in the back-alley behind your workplace. But even then, personally, I'd never let a guy I met in a bar know where I live - I'd go to his place. And I definitely wouldn't sleep with him if he practically admitted to stabbing a dude.

It's true, I've read a lot of fanfic where one person brings home some cute homeless person - but that's usually slash. I think I wouldn't buy it if it were het. I just think women are way too guarded for anything like that to happen... and I can suspend my disbelief when it's fanfiction, because it's stupid romanticism, but despite the monsters and demons, I kind of expect SPN to be a bit more believable when it comes to human behaviour.

I agree, it would have been nice to see more of the conversation and the reasons Dean gives Cas for him having to leave - personally, I just want confirmation that Dean's going to load him up with credit cards or something.

It'll definitely be interesting to see how it is that they eventually get the angels back into heaven (assuming they do.)
borgmama1of5
Oct. 23rd, 2013 12:44 pm (UTC)
Anatomy discussions??? Wow :)

I appreciated seeing Cas' struggles as homeless; agree April bringing him home and then sleeping with him was unrealistic (though it didn't tip me off that she was the bad guy); and something is so going on with Zeke--why resurrect Cas only to throw him to the wolves???
hells_half_acre
Oct. 23rd, 2013 03:48 pm (UTC)
Agreed about Zeke. I can't figure out what his motivations are.

Well, I agree about everything really. :P
fannishliss
Oct. 23rd, 2013 02:11 pm (UTC)
One of my favorite fanfics was about a character falling in love with a homeless guy... but it was between two guys (Ladyjanelly's homeless verse). I adored that story because it focused on the homeless character's outsider perspective, kind of like this episode did.

April giving Cas the sandwich seemed perfectly reasonable.
Taking him in out of the cold seemed questionable.
Macking on him before he'd even had a shower seemed out of the question. Personal hygiene is a big challenge for the homeless, even those who are not as eccentric as Cas. It was when she put the moves on him that I knew she was not as she appeared. Plus the dialogue: "I don't usually bring home strange men..." oh sister, please. Clearly you do!!

Awesome now I think I have my grasp on April for a ficlet. Doesn't it seem likely that April was still human when she gave Cas the sandwich?? and the Reaper grabbed her afterwards? Do we know how is it that Reapers possess humans?
hells_half_acre
Oct. 23rd, 2013 03:55 pm (UTC)
Hmm... I wonder if I read that one. Was it SPN-RPS fandom? Or something else? I actually like those fics.

I agree, with you on where April started being unrealistic... and agree that it'd be cool if the reaper had jumped her after the sandwich bit.

That being said, it's only now just occurred to me that the show confirmed that these visible reapers are possessing people - what the hell? I'm really not sure how I feel about these adjustments to the reaper mythology of the show. The reapers are becoming more and more angelic just for convenience sake and it's kind of pissing me off.
fannishliss
Oct. 23rd, 2013 04:39 pm (UTC)
I agree, they appear much more Angelic, especially in taking vessels and the way they die. But looking back, we've had a long history of with the Reapers and Death, so 8.19 and 9.03 etc may not be as much of a retcon as it first appears.

Okay I wrote kind of a book, so I'll post over at my journal. :)

http://fannishliss.livejournal.com/170985.html


Cheers!


quickreaver
Oct. 23rd, 2013 02:28 pm (UTC)
I'm just gonna be glad to leave this episode in my rear view mirror and proceed on to the Cracktastic. Visually, it was stunning and really well-acted! Plot-wise? Oy vey. I suspect a lot wound up on the cutting room floor that might've made scenarios more plausible. (Oh, the constraints of television!) And BOY do I need to avoid tumblr and twitter right now, or cull down my follows/flist before I start to abhor a large chunk of fandom. This was a bit of a c-f*ck, from my POV.
hells_half_acre
Oct. 23rd, 2013 03:43 pm (UTC)
I definitely agree about the twitter and tumblr problem. :P

I think the episode was "alright." I would be very interested to see what, if any, scenes were cut.

Also, I realized as I was falling asleep last night that Cas' tattoo healed VERY fast. That thing should have still been all red and scabby. I know the standard line is that I shouldn't make a big deal about the little things, when I'm perfectly willing to believe them about the angels and demons and monsters, etc... but in my mind it's the little things being believable that make the big things easier to believe.

quickreaver
Oct. 23rd, 2013 05:14 pm (UTC)
monicawoe and I were just talking about the 'details' thing. YES, those little touches, like the freshly healing tattoo, add a layer of believability to an unreal universe. It helps us suspend disbelief. So I get it; I totally do!
thestarkat
Oct. 24th, 2013 03:58 am (UTC)
I had the same reaction - shouldn't that tattoo be a mess still?. It is those little things that allow you to accept the big things.
supernutjapan
Oct. 23rd, 2013 04:06 pm (UTC)
I agree that the reapers are becoming more and more like angels. It confused me so that I thought she WAS an angel. She did seem to take the angels falling rather personally and they did show that cupid arrow at the beginning. Maybe that was just to show that Cas was going to be hit by one?

But you are right, she is most probably a reaper, since that is what Zeke looked for.

Anyway, as you said, totally confusing.

(I agree with you about pulling the sword out of Cas and the blood. Why do they always do that on TV/Movies?)

Here is a puzzle for you. If Zeke was strong enough to heal Cas, he should have been able to include a tattoo - if not then, then later. He has no reason that I can think of to make Cas leave unless he is hiding something he doesn't want Cas to know. Or maybe that Dean would find out from Cas if he was around...huh...


Ezekiel = Metatron? God?



Edited at 2013-10-23 04:20 pm (UTC)
hells_half_acre
Oct. 23rd, 2013 04:23 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but the tattoo was healed before Zeke got there, so that doesn't solve anything.

I agree with you about everything else though!

The idea that Ezekiel is God is a much more optimistic idea that anything I have. I don't think he's Metatron - I think Metatron is up in heaven enjoying having the place to himself.

I guess we'll see... eventually.
supernutjapan
Oct. 23rd, 2013 04:27 pm (UTC)
What I meant about the tattoo was, Zeke's reason for telling Dean that Cas had to leave was that when he healed Cas he also took away the the tattoo he had, so now he was a beacon for angels... right??

So why didn't he just give him a tattoo again?
hells_half_acre
Oct. 23rd, 2013 05:48 pm (UTC)
No, he didn't heal the tattoo - Cas still had it. Zeke's argument was that the angel-warding tattoo couldn't stop the reapers from finding him - and if the angels were hiring reapers, then it basically meant that the angel-warding tattoo was actually useless.

Which is part of the reason why I'm skeptical about the changes they've made to reapers - they're becoming more and more like super-charged angels that can work outside the rules. I liked the reapers far better as neutral supernatural beings who were more a course of nature than a bad-guy that they actually had to worry about.
supernutjapan
Oct. 23rd, 2013 10:43 pm (UTC)
OK, that made more sense so I went back to figure out how I got it wrong:

"He was warded when April found him. And she killed him"

"And you brought him back."

For some reason (I guess because I wasn't thinking reaper) I thought that meant when he brought him back he no longer had the warding. But come to think of it, it more likely means that even with the warding he was still killed huh?

Thanks for clearing that up :)


ashkiryn
Oct. 23rd, 2013 10:22 pm (UTC)
I also think that making these "rogue reapers" into ifrits or some other supernatural creature makes more sense----because really, out of all of the Boss Entities out there, I would think that Death would keep the tightest rein on his subordinates, especially if they were going around fucking with things and helping angels keep messing everything up and the like. Also, it too seemed to me that, for a so-called Reaper, April was way too invested in this angel fall business. And I don't like angel swords being able to kill Reapers, or how they basically look so much like angels when they die. I preferred the idea that only Death's scythe could kill them, like Alastair did in 4x15. And even if rogue Reapers can make themselves visible....why in the hell would you do that while tracking people like the Winchesters? Surely the better idea would have been to be invisible? Unless if rogue reapers CAN'T become invisible anymore, I guess. Like, maybe that's an ability rogue reapers lose when they go AWOL on Death.

IN ANY CASE, I STILL DON'T LIKE THIS "NEW" REAPER MYTHOLOGY. :/

Also, I agree....there really is no way ANYONE would have sex with a homeless person, before they'd had a shower, and after they'd told you in all seriousness that they'd killed someone and made them explode. And I'm rather worried at this trend that Cas seems to have with women he's attracted to. Meg, Daphne, April....*sighs* Also, I too wish that the writers would remember Daphne. I mean, maybe it wouldn't be so bad if they hadn't introduced her as his fucking wife, but they DID....seriously, you don't just introduce someone as a wife of one of the main characters, and then NEVER MENTION HER EXISTENCE AGAIN. >.> Sorry for the grumbling, but the wastefulness of Daphne is one of my character pet peeves on this show. :/

And Lord up above, somebody had better teach Cas about safe sex before they send him off again. And I'm worried that the next episode is going to start with Cas already gone....they'd better make sure Dean explains himself, and not have Cas feeling totally rejected... :/

And yeah, but WTF is up with Reapers possessing people nowadays???

Oh, and in addition to the safe sex lecture, Dean needs to give Cas a cell phone, and enough money to get an anti-possession tattoo as well.

Ooh, and as another note, I'm a bit peeved that they're replacing Naomi with "Bart" here. Or at least....couldn't she still be alive, and gathering a different faction? Or...something that doesn't involve her being dead? I want Naomi back. And for them to find Linda Tran. *pouts*

Just...this episode was better than I was expecting, but still par for the course from these two writers, and not that good. *sighs* Ugh, at least we have Charlie back for next week....and hopefully some of the negativity and the headache from this episode will have died down by then.
hells_half_acre
Oct. 23rd, 2013 10:51 pm (UTC)
I feel like I owe you a long response after such a long comment, but really all I have to say it:

Yes. I agree with absolutely everything you just said.

I think that's how I justified the killing of the reaper last season too - that once reapers go awol they lose abilities... maybe Death punishing them for being idiots? I don't know, but I'm not liking it. Seriously, it wouldn't have been that much trouble to have turned them into another supernatural being. Ferrymen, or some other mythological creature that brings the dead to the underworld - there are probably a fair number to choose from.

Actually, just naming them as Ferrymen would have been perfect, since the folklore is that you need coins to give to the ferrymen for the journey - hence the PAYING THEM TO DO STUFF! Ugh. I'm more annoyed the more I think about it.
ashkiryn
Oct. 24th, 2013 01:17 am (UTC)
Lol it's okay. :) That you've created what I feel like is a safe space on the Internet to talk about SPN is enough. ^^

And I'm right there with you, in regards to Reapers. And I can only hope that we stop seeing them if this is what I can expect. :/ Only Death and Tessa can come back if they're allowed to keep rocking their awesome selves. ;)
hells_half_acre
Oct. 24th, 2013 01:34 am (UTC)
Yeah, I think I'm going to treat these "freelance reapers" like I treat fics that don't properly use the subjunctive, and just correct it in my head to what is should be ("ferryman" or something similar) and pretend that that's what the author wrote. :P

And I'm glad you like coming here to discuss the show! :)
khek
Oct. 24th, 2013 01:51 am (UTC)
Didn't Dean refer to the angel in Houses of the Holy way back in season 2 as "Clarence"? I thought he did.

And I love reading your reviews. You mostly put into words what I've been thinking!
hells_half_acre
Oct. 24th, 2013 02:43 am (UTC)
I would't be surprised! I wonder if the reference is on the Superwiki....hmmm, they don't. But he MUST have made the reference at some point. I mean, seriously...

Anyway, glad you enjoyed the review!

aec1990
Oct. 24th, 2013 03:57 am (UTC)
I really liked the scene in the church. It kind of asked, "What use do angels have with faith in God?" He is their monarch, and while they don't see him, they get orders that are supposedly from him. They know, or think they know, that there is a god who created them, humans, and everything, who has plans and orders. The angels don't have a faith in the concept of an "Almighty Father" and his "Divine Plan" to fall back on, so when things go to shit, they can only assume that their monarch has gone AWOL and hadn't planned things out quite as well as they had been lead to believe.

The scene is also fascinating because a fallen angel is testing a devout woman's faith and because I can guess at what is going through both characters' heads during the conversation. Castiel is trying to understand her faith while telling her the truth as he and the viewers have seen it play out. Whereas, from her point of view there’s a dirty, poorly dressed man who has obviously lost a faith that was probably never even true telling her that God doesn’t care, and to her, that’s probably not even on par with science asking if Evolution, Big Bang Theory, etc. “prove” the non-existence of God. And “’truth’ doesn't negate … ‘belief,’ because that's not how faith works.

I was rather distracted by the lack of blood as April tortured Cas. He bled when the angel-in-the-pharmacist cut him, but it looked like Cas' angel blade was cauterizing April's slashes. Would a blade hot enough to cauterize keep a stab wound from bleeding even after the blade is removed? But why did Cas bleed after being cut by the pharmacist but not by April?

It also bugged me how, at the end, Ezekiel says, "If Castiel stays here I am in danger." Not "we are in danger" or "I am in danger of having to/being forced to evacuate Sam," or something like that.

(Also, RE: It's a Wonderful Life: I’m American, have never seen the movie, and had no idea what “Clarence” was a reference to, and you have now made it clearer to me why Meg was calling Cas that. Thank you!)

hells_half_acre
Oct. 24th, 2013 04:18 am (UTC)
I agree that the church scene was very fascinating.

but it looked like Cas' angel blade was cauterizing April's slashes. Would a blade hot enough to cauterize keep a stab wound from bleeding even after the blade is removed? But why did Cas bleed after being cut by the pharmacist but not by April?

Oh, this is an interesting idea! I think you might be right that the blade was cauterizing the wounds... it would explain both the immense pain and also the fact that the wounds didn't bleed very much.

It also bugged me how, at the end, Ezekiel says, "If Castiel stays here I am in danger." Not "we are in danger" or "I am in danger of having to/being forced to evacuate Sam," or something like that.

Yeah, this is what put the tick mark in the "reasons not to trust Ezekiel" box.

(Also, RE: It's a Wonderful Life: I’m American, have never seen the movie, and had no idea what “Clarence” was a reference to, and you have now made it clearer to me why Meg was calling Cas that. Thank you!)

REALLY?! I find this amazing. I'm Canadian, but we get enough US channels up here that the movie was pretty much impossible to avoid every Christmas. Maybe things have changed.
4422shini
Oct. 24th, 2013 04:32 am (UTC)
My roommate and I laughed our way through the entire episode. There were some really silly bits. I think it funny that we both have the same opinions about some of the parts ie, eye roll the religious lady, and, what crazy lady who takes a pathetic homeless person home. I laughed hysterically when I saw the aftermath with all the candles lite.

"Hang on, Cas. I know we're smooching, but I need to light these candles to make it sexy time."

"Well, I don't understand your funny human breeding ceremonies, so what the hell, I'll hang out over here until you're done."

The end with the look that Cas has, was kind of priceless. Like soap opera level shocked and hurt. Adorable.

I'll never stop watching this show. But I certainly watch it in a different mind frame now. Ridiculous sometimes, but still entertaining :)
hells_half_acre
Oct. 24th, 2013 05:12 am (UTC)
"Hang on, Cas. I know we're smooching, but I need to light these candles to make it sexy time."

"Well, I don't understand your funny human breeding ceremonies, so what the hell, I'll hang out over here until you're done."


The hilarious thing for me is that I once had a one-night stand with a guy who actually did that! I believe my exact thought at the time was "motherf*cker, why is he lighting candles!? I'm sobering up waiting on him! THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN DO TO MAKE THIS ROMANTIC!"

(uh, yeah, I'm not known to make the best life decisions, btw.)

I'll never stop watching this show. But I certainly watch it in a different mind frame now. Ridiculous sometimes, but still entertaining :)

That's good! :)
metallidean_grl
Dec. 9th, 2013 02:17 am (UTC)
I also found it weird that Cas was all alone in that big bus. I would have thought that everyone would be camping out in the bus, under a roof, out of the elements. But then again, if they have their own shelters set up, etc., maybe a bus isn't that ideal. Either way, it was kinda weird. But, then it wouldn't have been able to move the story along if there would have been other people in the bus with Cas.

It does go against all who Dean is for him not to have known and understood the reference to Clarence. That was a HUGE fail on the writers' part for doing that. Given the numerous times Meg called Castiel Clarence in the past, if Dean didn't know or understand the reference, I would have thought he would have asked about it back in S5 when she first started calling him that. BIG FAIL!!!

April taking a homeless man home - yea, nothing fishy about that. **heavy sarcasm here** Never in a million years would a sane, and safety conscious woman take home a stray homeless man, let alone sleep with him. Even hooking up with a guy the first time in a bar, that seems strange to me. Although that kinda scene is not my scene, I suppose it is done. But, this scenario does bring to mind something that happened recently on NCIS. I don't know if you watch that show, but Tony DiNozzo's character - he is a ladies man, and he has never been shy in talking about his frequent hook ups with women. But recently, we were finally shown his apartment, and what to our surprise, we found that he has a single bed in his bedroom. With all the hookups, why a single bed? He stated that he never brings home a girl to his place, he always goes to the girls apartment. That way, he can keep his place private, and no one can know where he lives, if it doesn't work out. Pretty smart, doing that. So, a single woman, bringing home a homeless man, not knowing anything about him, letting him know where she lives - something is up with that. It did make me question if she had ulterior motives. Yup, she did.

It was fun, though, that Cas was deflowered, and then the boys reaction to that. Very cute. Dean choking on his burrito. Love those little scenes. But Dean sending him away. Not fair. I didn't care too much for the blackmail that Zeke gave Dean. I don't understand why he was so afraid. If Castiel is warded, and he doesn't venture out of the bunker, what is the harm? Sounds fishy.
hells_half_acre
Dec. 9th, 2013 03:39 am (UTC)
I agree about Dean not having seen It's A Wonderful Life. Now, granted, it doesn't appear on the list of all movies and TV shows that Dean's referenced ever, but like you said, he probably would have asked about the reference earlier. It's not like Sam was the only one who ever heard Meg use the name.

Also completely agree about April. I HAVE done the one-night stand thing, and I operate like Tony DiNozzo, only, I also take it a step further and I never go home with anyone that isn't known to at least one of my friends. So, they may still be strangers to me, but at one point one of my friends said, "this is my friend *insert guys name here*" and that's as dangerous as I'll go. And yes, always to their place, so they don't know where I live - so, homeless dudes, even if my friend's know them, don't stand a chance.

And yeah, Zeke definitely put himself on my radar when he made Dean tell Cas to go. Because why the heck would he be so afraid of other angels? And yeah, Cas was warded. Zeke was basically doing the equivalent of jumping at shadows... which either means he's paranoid, which is suspicious, or he's afraid of Cas finding out about him, which is also suspicious.

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